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I purposely try to steer away from articles on politics, social ills or a myriad of other “sensitive” issues plaguing our society. I’d rather write about interesting news items and, in doing so, hopefully provide some humor instead of the more serious stuff. I’ll let the Tribunes, Gazettes a…

In this series of articles, we’re looking at some passages pertaining to the end times when Jesus returns again to judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:31).

At first, the black-feathered bird seemed to be waiting patiently by the curb for a passing car. But an observant driver quickly noticed something was awry.

By DERRICK BABBSFor the Ford County RecordLeslie Cornelius Arends was born Sept. 27, 1895, in Melvin, where he, his four brothers and two sisters grew up on his father’s farm. After graduating from Melvin High School in 1912, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio for two years. 

By DERRICK BABBSFor the Ford County RecordEarly pioneer Samuel Lyman was the first white settler of Lyman Township in Ford County. He was born in Massachusetts on July 16, 1811, and came to the area with his wife and four sons. In July 1856, he built the first permanent house on the northeas…

By DERRICK BABBSFor the Ford County RecordA look at notable early crimes in Ford County, from 1872 to 1928:Sept. 29, 1872 — The first recorded inmate was placed in the Ford County jail. His name was Edward Cavangh. He was 25 years old and from St. Louis. He was arrested for drawing his revolver.

By DERRICK K. BABBSFor the Ford County RecordIn today’s society, political corruption is sadly a common place. As you look back in our history, you see that mortal man, tempted in the earlier days of higher moral standards, also failed in their elected office and the people of their communit…

By SAM ERWINOwner of Nordic Total FitnessAs usual, something came along that inspired me to write something for this week’s column. Usually, it’s one of the gym members at Nordic Total Fitness who has done something incredible, but this time it was a quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

Convicted murderer Drew Peterson is a villain straight out of central casting — an allegedly crooked suburban cop who bumped off spouses who drew his ire.Nine years ago, the 62-year-old Peterson made big news amid allegations that he had killed two of his wives. The story even prompted a mad…

By SAM ERWINOwner of Nordic Total FitnessWill Brumleve, editor of the Paxton Record, recently asked if I would like to write a weekly column about health, fitness, nutrition, etc. He said it might be a good way to motivate people to live a healthier lifestyle. 

Jim Wood, pastor at the Vineyard Church in Paxton, recently returned from a 10-day missions trip to China and has written the following article about his experiences there. Wood will also be sharing stories, photos and answering questions about his trip at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the …

As I was covering last year’s Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Cookoff in Paxton, I couldn’t help but be jealous of all the grilling action in front of me.You see, I love food, but I love grilled food even more. So as I took photos and interviewed the contestants on Market Street that late September day, …

By STEVI FOXFor the Paxton RecordThis is a short story with a long history. It’s 2001, and a pretty big year in my life. I’m a freshman in high school, deciding who I am and why I’m not comfortable in 15-year-old skin. My grandmother, the “rock” of the family, had just died. I really turned …

By PHIL PETERSONFor the Paxton RecordMost of us watched the recent debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.  Wow! What an unexpected outcome. It seemed as though the president was as shocked and paralyzed as a deer caught in headlights. 

How do you fuel your body for your exercise?Usually, no one thinks about eating before, during or after exercising. Maybe it’s because we exercise to burn calories so why add more calories to what you are trying to burn off.

I don’t know if you have seen me and Paxton Record Editor Will Brumleve touring around town, or at a recent Paxton Rotary Club meeting.If you haven’t, my name is Andrew Rosten. I am the new sports editor at the Paxton Record.

By MARC AMOREFor the Paxton RecordWhen I was a little boy, 9 or 10 years old, my friends and I had a club. Well, not so much a club as an organization. We called ourselves “BeeBusters.”